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Welcome to Caring Animal hospital

Happy Pets. Caring People. Quality Medicine.
Your trusted Veterinarians in Holt, Michigan
Call us at (517) 694-6766

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at (517) 694-6766!

Caring Animal Hospital is a full service small animal veterinary hospital, concentrating on dogs, cats, and exotics. Our hospital prides ourselves in giving quality veterinary care in a compassionate, caring environment. We have a strong commitment to preventative care including annual to biannual wellness exams, heartworm testing, testing for tick borne diseases, wellness bloodwork, body condition scoring (BCS), and dentistry.

We realize not every pet is the same; therefore, our preventative medicine program evaluates a pet’s lifestyle and develops a unique vaccine, flea & tick prevention, and intestinal parasite prevention protocol for each pet. Each appointment is given ½ hour which is ½ to 1/3 more time given to each patient than at any other veterinary clinic in the area.

Any pets with medical concerns are given the attention needed for diagnosis and treatment of their illness. We have the ability to take radiographs and run bloodwork immediately. We hospitalize and treat most medical conditions. We also perform surgical procedures including routine spay and neuter, tooth extraction, growth removal, exploratory and biopsy, and orthopedic procedures including cruciate repair, femoral head and neck osteotomy, and some patella luxation procedures.

Dr. Bethany Steele
Veterinarian | Caring Animal Hospital | (517) 694-6766

2162 N. Aurelius Rd
Holt, MI 48842

Meet Our Skilled Team

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  • Maggie Smith, LVT
    Practice Manager

    Maggie Smith started working in the veterinary field in 2001 as a receptionist and assistant. She loved it so much, she went back to school to become a LVT and graduated from Baker College of Flint in 2009. Since then Maggie has taken special interest in dentistry, parasitology, and practice management. During her time off Maggie loves to participate in local theater and has performed with Peppermint Creek Theater Company and Owosso Community Players. When she isn’t on the stage, she is enjoying the outdoors with her girlfriend Deanna & son Caleb. She has 2 dogs - Edith and Duke, and a cat named Penny. She loves working with Caring Animal Hospital’s fantastic staff and works hard to help the practice grow. 

  • Erica Suarez, LVT
    Head Technician

    Erica Suarez graduated from Baker College of Jackson’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2006 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has worked for Caring Animal Hospital since 2002 when she was hired in as an assistant. When not at work, Erica enjoys spending time with her family. She keeps her plate full as a dance, wrestling, and soccer mom. Erica, and her husband, Rocky currently have 7 children. Her furry family members include 2 dogs, Tipp and R2D2, and 2 cats, Umbreon & Lucario. Her personal interest in the veterinary field is animal behavior. Animal behavior is one the number one reason why pets are euthanized today. Erica feels, “If I can make a difference in just one pets life I have done my job.

  • Paige Eldridge, LVT
    Veterinary Technician

    Paige started here at Caring Animal Hospital in June of 2016. She came to us in her final year of the veterinary technology program at Baker College and graduated in June of 2017 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician after passing her board examination. Paige has interests in exotic animal medicine and wildlife rehabilitation. At home, she has a cat named Lola. In her free time she enjoys reading, camping, hunting, and just being outdoors

  • Cindy Downey

    Cindy Downey is our “Jack of all Traits” at Caring Animal Hospital. She has worked here for over 22 years and was part of the transition from Rooker Animal Hospital to Caring Animal Hospital. She has been married for 41 years to her husband, Harold, who is retired from the U.S. Air Force. Together they have a son and a daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren. Over the years they have had a variety of animals including Black labs, chinchillas, a ferret and a rabbit, but currently have Rottweilers, and a cat. Cindy and Harold are also very active in AKC Conformation

  • Hailee Cotter, DVM, CVA

    Dr. Cotter graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. It was also here where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medicine. She was awarded her certification as a veterinary acupuncturist through the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL. Dr. Cotter is a familiar face around Caring Animal Hospital. Prior to veterinary school, she started off here as a veterinary assistant, and has since returned to us. She has 2 beloved cats at home named Sookie & Keiko, and 2 lovely dogs named Theo & Ranger. Dr. Cotter’s special interests include acupuncture, exotic animal medicine, and soft tissue surgery.

  • Bethany Steele, DVM

    Dr. Steele has an undergraduate degree from LSSU and a veterinary degree from MSU College of veterinary medicine. Dr. Steele has owned Caring Animal Hospital since 2000. Dr. Steele’s practice philosophy includes determining the best methods to achieve positive results. Each patient is treated as an individual. We may ask you questions that seem intrusive about your pet’s life or your lifestyle. These questions are important because your pet can’t answer them, and we want to develop an individualized plan for treatment that works best for you and your pet.
    Dr. Steele graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 1998. Originally from Grand Rapids, she spent her first 2 years after graduation in Houghton Lake. She moved back to the Lansing area in August of 2000 and purchased Caring Animal Hospital in Holt. She now resides in Charlotte with her husband, 2 children, German Shorthair Pointer (Rooster) and cat (Tiggy T). Dr. Steele enjoys working with all aspects of veterinary medicine, but dentistry (now that we perform dental x-ray on every patient), internal medicine (especially since we have added the ultrasound & digital x-ray), dermatology, behavior, and surgery are some of her favorites. Of course, seeing puppies and kittens is always a joy. Outside of work, Dr. Steele spends much of her time coaching and watching her children play volleyball, baseball, & basketball. If you’ve met Dr. Steele you know why basketball is her favorite, but she also loves working outside landscaping.


Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Caring Animal Hospital was exactly what the facility calls itself. Caring. From the time I started taking Buddy 12 years ago when he was a baby puppy; through the eating of the sock and subsequent surgery; the time he was attacked by another dog during one of his many walks and up to his passing. Everyone there knew Buddy and was very compassionate when Buddy had to be released from his pain at the end. Buddy and I couldn't have asked for a better place and people to take care of him, my baby. Thank you."
    Bridget Bradley
  • "Dr. Steele & the other vets and techs are always amazing with our animals. We had to say good-bye to one of our dogs last year and they were beyond supportive and professional through the entire ordeal. We also really love the attention to detail and love they give our George Michael every time we are in there. Highly recommend Caring Animal Clinic. We chose it because it was close to home but, will continue to go even if relocated."
    Kristen Warner
  • "Best place to go love taking Gus there he get the proper medical attention and the staff is very positive, out going , very friendly. The hospital is always clean and I am a 10 minute drive away which is super. I would highly recommend Caring Animal Hospital."
    Christine Ruffing

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